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The Trump Cabinet 1

Tillerson and Senator Manchin

Looks like Exxon won the election

Hearings will begin for Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state tomorrow and according to today's Politico, Democrats will be pushing Tillerson on climate change. Timed appropriately, the Center for American Progress (a liberal think tank) released a report today on the possible financial gains . . .

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January 10, 2017

Senator Manchin wants to bring back the seventies' "war on drugs"

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On Tuesday, Senator Joe Manchin discussed what to do about the nation's drug problem with CNN's Jake Tapper:

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin called for a new "war on drugs" Tuesday to combat the opioid crisis striking his state of West Virginia, eagerly adopting the language of the now much-criticized . . .

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December 21, 2016

Morrisey and Manchin

Joe keeps sounding more and more like a Republican

I wrote in the previous post that the Washington Post was listing WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey as a potential challenger for Senator Joe Manchin in 2018. Today's Politico Energy Report suggests the race is already on:

In what could be a preview of a 2018 Senate contest, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey . . .

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December 15, 2016

Manchin decides to stay in Senate (as if he had a choice)

Trump chooses others even after Manchin does karaoke version of "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" for cabinet positions

From the Washington Post:

“I was humbled to be considered for the Secretary of Energy position,” the senator said in a statement. “I have dedicated my life in public service to doing what is best for the people of West Virginia. Right now, I believe that I can best serve my state of West Virginia in the United States Senate.”

. . .

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December 15, 2016

The Intelligencer weighs in on the miner health and pension bill

We can't blame McConnell, he's a Republican!

From the conclusion of this morning's Intelligencer editorial:

That is politics at its worst. It appears the only way the mine retirees will get the immediate assistance is for lawmakers to go along with the McConnell plan or something like it. That being the situation, those resisting the idea will deserve all the blame if . . .

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December 08, 2016

Is Senator Joe Manchin going to switch parties?

Enquiring minds want to know

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin keeps getting asked if he is going to switch parties. From an interview in the Washington Examiner:

Joe Manchin said not a day goes by that someone doesn't ask him if he wants to switch from Democrat to Republican.

Every day? "Every day," he answers.

Hey, Joe, . . .

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December 06, 2016

Manchin for Secretary of Energy?

Yesterday afternoon Politico reported that Senator Joe Manchin was being considered for the Secretary of Energy cabinet post in the Trump administration:

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is considering Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for the energy secretary job, according to three sources close to the . . .

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December 02, 2016

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